Trinity Manor said recently it is in urgent need of isolation gowns to provide better care for its various residents.


A national shortage of personal protective equipment, such as these gowns, has been recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which has consequently made suggestions for alternate clothing protection for health care workers, such as washable cloth gowns.


“A regional nurse and her mother were able to create a pattern to make reusable isolation gowns,” said Marcia Swann, executive director at Trinity Manor. “Having a supply of washable gowns would be phenomenal, but we are just really limited in finding people to make them.”


As long-term care facilities work hard to alleviate the spread of COVID-19, obtaining resources and an overall lack of personal protective equipment have proved challenging.


“The COVID-19 virus is virulent — it can survive on a dry surface for several days,” said Michelle Deegan, a registered nurse and director of clinical services. “Having gowns to use over our clothing is a necessity to prevent the spread of this virus.”


Swann added, "It would be fantastic if any of our neighbors within the community — perhaps someone stuck at home — would be willing to donate their time in sewing some gowns for us.


“We could gladly reimburse them for materials and supplies and our care team and residents would be extremely grateful.


"Donations of fabric, such as top sheets, would also be useful."


Trinity Manor asks that anyone willing to help sew and supply reusable isolation gowns email Swann at mswann@trinity-manor.com or call 620-227-8551.


“We realize that asking for help may be a long shot, but we will do everything to protect the safety of our residents and staff,” said Swann. “What does it hurt to ask?”